Instructional Design Specialist
Job Summary: Under general direction, assists instructors with design, development, and modification of course content using evolving technologies; facilitates programs and develops resources in support of the Reinert Center’s mission and the University’s educational initiatives and mission. CHARACTERISTIC JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES May include any and/or all of the following: 1. Consults and collaborates with faculty and graduate students to determine goals, objectives, and appropriate delivery methods, media, and technologies for instruction. 2. Provides technical expertise to produce and/or support the production of multimedia content, interactive learning tools, and other instructional materials. 3. Facilitates workshops and other pedagogical programs and develops resources on teaching and learning with technology in support of the Center’s mission and the University’s educational initiatives and mission. 4. Researches evidence-based teaching, assessment, and instructional design methods and emerging technologies to enhance online, blended, and face-to-face, blended courses. 5. Regularly participates in professional development activities to advance knowledge and skills in instructional design and educational development; performs other duties as assigned. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of current technological tools for online and hybrid education (e.g., web conferencing, lecture capture, cloud-based applications, etc.) Demonstrated ability to develop effective online courses in a learning management system (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, etc.) Thorough knowledge of current distance education theory and practice, including familiarity with university-level curriculum development and instructional methods Strong ability to develop and conduct training sessions for a variety of audiences, both face-toface and virtual, focused on pedagogical uses of technology and on effective practices in distance education Excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills Ability to manage multiple complex projects effectively and independently Ability to work with faculty from multiple disciplines and with a variety of teaching styles Strong commitment to collaboration and working as part of a team Sensitivity to personal nature of issues related to teaching improvement and understanding of faculty/academic culture, with a demonstrated commitment to faculty/graduate student development MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree; supplemented with at least 2 years of experience teaching online in an academic discipline at the post-secondary level. Preferred qualifications: 5+ years of online teaching experience at the post-secondary level and demonstrated experience working with instructors on instructional design/development.